Kadampa Buddhism is a living tradition practiced by people in all walks of life throughout the world. Handed down in an unbroken lineage from Buddha Shakyamuni, through the ancient Kadampa teachers Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa, to the modern-day Buddhist master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Kadampa Buddhism teaches us to regard all of Buddha’s teachings as personal advice to put into practice in our everyday life. By doing this, everyone can solve their daily problems and bring peace, joy and a pure spiritual path into our world.
Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (AD 982-1054). Atisha gathered all of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings into a practical, step by step presentation called Lamrim, or the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.
After Atisha, the Kadampa lineage was passed down through a succession of great Kadampa Teachers including Dromtönpa, Geshe Potowa, Geshe Sharawa, Geshe Chekhawa, and many others.
The New Kadampas
The Kadampa lineage passed from generation to generation until the fourteenth century when it reached the great Buddhist Master Je Tsongkhapa. Je Tsongkhapa clarified all the teachings of Kadam Dharma and made them very accessible.
Just as the union of study and practice was a hallmark of the early Kadampas, so the union of Sutra and Tantra was to become a hallmark of the New Kadampas, as the followers of Je Tsongkhapa became known.
Modern Kadampa Buddhism
Through the activities and dedication of the renowned Buddhist Master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso , Kadampa Buddhism has spread to many countries in recent years.
Geshe Kelsang has worked tirelessly to spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world by giving extensive teachings, writing many books on Kadampa Buddhism, establishing the International Temples Project and founding the New Kadampa Tradition, the International Kadampa Buddhist Union.